Why is it called "Sahara Challenge"?
The Sahara is a metaphor of the spiritual state of the Muslim world. Islam is a complex religious/political system that ultimately does not offer salvation or peace to its followers. The Muslim world is in a vast state of spiritual dryness, like a desert. Our challenge as the community of Christ followers is to bring the teachings of Christ to the 1.6 billion spiritually thirsty Muslims.

Who is Sahara Challenge designed for?
Sahara Challenge is designed for anyone who wants to learn how to effectively reach Muslims with the gospel. Most students fall into two groups: 1) College students and professionals investigating a deeper involvement in Muslim ministry. 2) Candidates or field staff from sending agencies who want to increase their effectiveness.

Can I go on a trip without taking the week of training?
No. Because summer trips focus heavily on outreach, all participants must complete Sahara Challenge. However, all Sahara Challenge Alumni are welcome to participate in any 2018 trips. 

When is the application deadline?
The application deadline for Sahara Challenge is June 6. The overseas trip deadline is April 15.

When are the payment deadlines?
For overseas short-term trip participants, half of the balance is due by April 15. The remaining balance for both short-term trip participants and Sahara Challenge participants is due by May 25th. Account balance questions must be sent in writing to sahara@crescentproject.org.

How do I pay my remaining balance for Sahara Challenge or trip?
To pay your remaining balance for Sahara Challenge or trip, do the following:

  1. Go to crescentproject.givingfuel.com/give
  2. In the "I'd like to give to" field, select "Other"
  3. In the Fund field, select "Sahara Challenge Registration"
  4. In the Amount field, enter the amount you wish to pay
  5. In the Comments field, enter your name
  6. In the Recurring field, select "One Time"
  7. Enter your bank account or credit card information to complete the payment and click Submit

Contributions given by you and others for the Sahara Challenge training and trips are not tax-deductible. To find out about options for tax-deductible giving, please contact the accounting office at accounting@crescentproject.org.


Housing and Meals
Housing and meals are included for the week. If you have special dietary restrictions, please indicate them on your application. If you have a spouse or friend that you would like to room with, please notify us ahead of time. Spouses will be housed together, but it's not guaranteed that friends will be in every case. Housing facilities are suite-style with every three rooms sharing a divided bathroom.

Dress Code
The Sahara Challenge dress code is casual. Jeans, shorts, and t-shirts are acceptable provided dress remains modest. 

When can I arrive and leave?
Participants should plan to arrive on campus Tuesday, June 19 for check-in, available only between 8:00 am. and 12:00 p.m. that day. The training ends at 4:15 pm on June 23.

How do I get to Bethel University?
Crescent Project will provide instructions for a shuttle between the airport and Bethel University. Driving instructions to Bethel are available here.

Do you offer childcare?
Yes! Childcare is available for a limited number of children ages infant to 13. If you choose to take advantage of our childcare program, you will be contacted after you submit this application to process payment. The deadline to apply for childcare is May 15. The deadline for cancelling childcare is also May 15. After this date all fees will be forfeited. The cost per child includes childcare, food and housing. Cost breakdown per child for the week:

Age 0-2 - $135

Age 3-8 - $225

Age 9 -13 - $330

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